emen is investing billions of dollars in tourism projects to create resorts and attractions that it hopes will eventually boost visitor numbers to the country.Over the next five years, six major projects will be built along the Yemeni coast in a bid to change the image of Yemen tourism.These include the Midi coast project in Haja province Doyma Island and Al Mark Island in Al Hudaida, which are both on the Red Sea. There will also be projects built along the Indian Ocean coastline – on Ras Al Araa-Khour Omira coast in Lahj province near Aden; Dabdab coast in Hadramout province; and Jasolit coast in Al Muhra province. These will be made up of modern self contained resorts and high class complexes.”Complementing these large-scale schemes is another major project comprising 44 other small to medium projects all across the Republic, including three-star hotels of international standards and a variety of resorts from mountain resorts, stone resorts, mud house resorts and first class restaurants. There will also be eco-friendly motels,” revealed Yemen’s Deputy Minister for Tourism Development, Omar Babelgheith,Yemen has been the focus of much negative reporting within the global media, yet tourism to the country has remained relatively stable for the past few years. The country witnessed a 2% increase in tourism revenues in 2009, compared to 2008 and during the first quarter of this year there has been an increase of more than 6% in the total number of international visitors compared to the same time last year.The Yemeni Government is placing great importance on the development of the tourism sector in contributing to the country’s major economic and social development and bringing new opportunities in the coming years.In preparation for the increased hotel capacity an academy for hotels and hospitality establishments will also be established.